…for the holidays! This year we decided to get a noble instead of a fir – and I absolutely love that we did!  There’s something so magical about Christmas trees…maybe it’s the process of going out, walking around, searching for the perfect one, packing it up and bringing it home…or maybe it’s the yummy pine scent that fills your living room…or maybe it’s the look of excitement on your child’s face when they see it all lit up – I think it’s all of the above :) So we finally bought our tree and decorated it…yay!

So now, on to unrelated things. The Magic Bullet: My Best Friend. I must say, I adore this little machine. Why you ask? Well, it’s quick and powerful…oh, and helps me make yummy nutritious homemade food for my son :) Although my boy is 21 months, he still enjoys fruity shakes for breakfast and soup for lunch. So, I make my own and puree! When my son just started solids at 6 months, I bought jarred Earth’s Best baby food for him. That was good for a while, but I soon realized that I wanted more variety in what he was eating – plus, he was eating 2+ jars at a time – so I needed more. That’s when I started with the Magic Bullet. For breakfast, I just mix in some fresh fruit, 100% fruit juice, cream cheese, Yo Baby yogurt & several cubes of avocado – the result is a very yummy & healthy breakfast shake. MMM. Then for lunch, I might blend some chicken breast strips, brown rice, veggies & eggs –or a whole grain pasta mix for a delectable soup :)  I also blend in bulk…I try to blend enough for a few days…which takes some time but it’s well worth it.

…The result is a fridge full of homemade yummies for my son. So simple, so easy. I debated over getting the Beaba, but decided that the Magic Bullet was a better buy – powerful & versatile…I just use a small pot to cook the food…and save the water to add into the Bullet. Even if your baby is younger and isn’t into complex blends yet, you can just buy fresh fruit or even frozen fruit (they have a great selection at Trader Joe’s for fruit not in season), dump them into the Bullet-frozen, add enough liquid…and you’re good to go – no need to even steam/cook/thaw the fruit! So easy! Plus you can throw in some avocados for a major nutritional boost – or cream cheese to make it so yummy. Here’s my fridge, fully stocked for a few days:

All of this takes me about an hour, but I typically do it when hubs is home. I figure I should at least do homemade for my son since I can’t do it for hubs and I. Chopping raw chicken, working with knives etc. with a toddler getting into all sorts of mischief because he knows you’ve got your hands full is a no-go in my house…I’ve tried it before and it always ends with either raw chicken on the floor…or chasing my son with raw chicken on my hands—and lots of Lysol wipes.  However, hitting blend on the bullet is clean and totally doable – while still being able to pick my son up if necessary. After all of this, there’s always a mess to clean…so to reward myself, I decide to bake cookies…MMM

…and 9 minutes later – still in the oven, fresh & warm!

Just a little tidbit on what a typical day for me is like.  One of my resolutions for 2010 is to document more. Taking photos of my mommy days and create a photo journal of sorts to look back on. This is going to be one of my first entries: The Days of the Magic Bullet…

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